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surf / sərf/ • n. the mass or line of foam formed by waves breaking on a seashore or reef: the roar of the surf. ∎  [in sing.] a spell of surfing: he went for an early surf. • v. [intr.] ride on the crest of a wave, typically toward the shore while riding on a surfboard: learning to surf. ∎  [tr.] ride (a wave) toward the shore in such a way: he has built a career out of surfing big waves. ∎ inf. ride on the roof or outside of a fast-moving vehicle, typically a train, for excitement: he fell to his death while surfing on a 70 mph train. ∎ short for channel-surf. ∎  [tr.] move from site to site on (the Internet). DERIVATIVES: surf·er n. surf·y adj.

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surf swell of the sea breaking on the shore XVII; mass of foamy water on a shore XVIII. In early use sometimes in phr. surf of the sea; continuing in sense and chronology †suff (of the sea) XVI–XVII, and perh. an alt. of the latter.

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surfscurf, serf, soixante-neuf, surf, turf •windsurf • Astroturf

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surf Breaking waves in the area between the shoreline and the outermost limit of breaking waves.

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surf Breaking waves in the area between the shoreline and the outermost limit of breaking waves.